Small Private Altar with Christ and the Woman of Samaria

ca. 1590/1600, Artist: Cristofano Gaffuri , (Mittelfeld)



Small Private Altar with Christ and the Woman of Samaria

With the support of the Medici family, Florence became a centre for stonecutting in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. There was special interest in the technique of commesso di pietre dure (Florentine mosaic). Making use of natural patterns and colouration, the craftsmen assembled precious stones to create an image. Notable products of the archducal workshop are the Small Private Altar and the Lapis Lazuli Vessel.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kunstkammer Wien Raum XXVI

Object data

Object Name

Pietra Dura; devotional picture




ca. 1590/1600


Cristofano Gaffuri , (Mittelfeld) (gest. 1626 Florenz) - GND

Bernardino Gaffuri , (Nischenwände) (gest. 1606 Florenz)

Gian Ambrogio Caroni , (Rahmen) (gest. 1611 Florenz) - GND

Jacques Byliveldt , (Goldschmied) (1550 Delft - 1603 Florenz)


Rock crystal, jasper, agates, lapis lazuli, emerald, amethyst, gold, enamel, gilded silver, pearls


H. 39 cm, B. 23,4 cm, T. 7,4 cm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kunstkammer

Inv. No.

Kunstkammer, 1542

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